I had heard about Sugar Moon Salon and sugaring for a long time, but never taken the plunge. The whole idea of waxing was scary, but sugaring was supposed to be easier. The name sounds nicer at least.
Sugaring is when a trained technician uses a warm ball of sugary paste to remove your hair anywhere you want on your body. Sugar Moon Salon is the place to go in Toronto for sugaring. These ladies are supposed to be the best at getting the smoothest skin. So I made my appointment.
Walking in to Sugar Moon, I have to admit that I was nervous. I hate getting waxed more than the average woman, but not enough to stop doing it. I don’t know why I insist on putting myself through this pain. When I opened the door, I was met by the nicest spa receptionist that I have ever met. She made me feel instantly relaxed as I took of my shoes and waited surrounded by candy coloured walls.
My Sugarist, Cricel, greeted me with a smile and led me downstairs to the room of doom. I was nervous and my stomach in knots while I waited. Cricel was the best though! She explained the whole process to me and how sugaring works, the pain I could expect and the aftercare needed. She didn’t start until she was sure that I was ready.
I have to admit, if people tell you sugaring doesn’t hurt as bad as waxing, they are lying. Sugaring hurts! Badly! But Cricel made it all better. She was my lifesaver. She cracked jokes with me. She distracted me with jokes and stories and we talked about my dinner plans. She made this horribly painful experience actually enjoyable. Once we were done, and I was upstairs waiting to pay, she even gave me a Sugar Moon dark chocolate bar to make it all better.
My skin was a little sore for the rest of day, like she told me to expect, but I made another follow up appointment for a month later. I never do that. I always wait to make my appointment and then “forget”.
Despite all of the pain, Sugar Moon is my new go to spa and I actually can’t wait for my next appointment.
Like every diligent lady, I’m always on the lookout for the next best moisturizer. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is a new take on hydration. The first thing that I noticed was that it doesn’t say moisturizer anywhere, it says hydrator. With this dry winter skin, I could definitely go for some hydration.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is supposed to be a daily hydrator that reduces signs of stress like fatigue and redness and protects against future stress. They say it will strengthen my skin, soothe, and hydrate leaving me with a fresh face. With all of these perks and the intrigue of a non-moisturizer I gave it a shot.
The first thing I noticed is that Kiehl’s hydrating cream doesn’t have the same pretty smelling and creamy texture as other moisturizers on my shelf. It has more of a chemical scent maybe from the botanical extract and mannose ingredients. Either way, this isn’t a girly moisturizer, but I often take that as a sign that it’s going to be serious!
It may not look like much, but a little goes a long way with this cream. Two or three small pumps are all you need to cover your clean face. It gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. Unlike other moisturizers it doesn’t leave my face feeling dewy or soft. It feels clean and hydrated.
After a few weeks, I’m not sure if my skin is looking less stressed than before. It does feel very nicely hydrated all day long and it doesn’t feel like this Kiehl’s cream is clogging my pores like some other creams. If your regular moisturizer is feeling tired, maybe you need a skin rescue too.
Maybelline is brightening up Spring with their new Face Studio Master Glaze Blush and Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer. I love that Maybelline is offering two different, but equally easy, ways to give my face a little colour early in the season.
I’m instantly drawn to Maybelline’s Master Glaze Blush. There is something about stick blush that gets me excited even though it can go so wrong if used badly. The stick cream blush comes in really vibrant shades that you can imagine looking either amazing or terrifying. Don’t be scared. The stick is soft and creamy, making it easy to apply. The neon shades blend into a natural hue on your cheeks. It gives a dewy pop of colour that is better than my natural blush. My personal favourite is the bright Pink Fever in the vibrant pink because the colour makes me feel young and flirty again.
Next up to get back my summer bronze, we have the Face Studio Mast Hi-Light powder. These palettes have a balance of four shades to give you a bronzed colour that isn’t shimmery. It’s more natural and balanced. There is also a blush version if you prefer a powder to a cream stick, but I like the cream and powder combination. Like most bronzers, you need to apply with a light touch. You don’t want to go from winter pale to dark bronze, because people are going to notice. If you apply a light dusting to your cheeks, forehead and nose those you look like you spent some time on the slopes in sun.
So whether you like a powder or a cream, either way, it’s going to be a rose tinted spring.